Return to Starling City: 8 Things to Know About Season 2 of 'Arrow'

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When "Arrow" returns for its second season on Oct. 9, the superhero drama might as well be called "Broken Arrow."

"Not a 'Broken Arrow' as in the Travolta/Christian Slater movie — which I enjoyed — but yeah ... Oliver's not going to be in a good place," star Stephen Amell teased.

With the destruction of the Glades and the death of best friend Tommy Merlyn, Oliver Queen aka the Vigilante is still grieving. When the season opens, he's hiding back at where it all started — the island where he was stranded on for five years.

Here are eight things to know about Oliver's journey back to Starling City:

1. The destruction of the Glades still haunts the city.

The collapse of parts of the neighborhood will be the "story engine" for Season 2, executive producer Marc Guggenheim revealed to TV Guide. With Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson) in jail awaiting trial and Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) gone or dead, affairs in Starling City is unsettled.

Star Emily Bett Rickards, who plays tech guru Felicity Smoak, told IGN, "Everyone is still broken into pieces. Five months have passed, but I don't think you quickly come back from a tragedy like the Undertaking delivered to or how it wrecked Starling City."

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2. Oliver will face not one, but two big bads.

After Felicity and Diggle (David Ramsey) convince their crime-fighting partner to return, the trio will go up against even more enemies than last season.

"We made no secret of the fact that we subscribe to the Whedonesque model of having a big bad, and in Season 2, we'll actually have two big bads," showrunner Marc Guggenheim told TV Guide. "They'll both be very recognizable names to fans of the comic book. We're really excited about both of them."

3. We will meet mad scientist Dr. Anthony Ivo.

One of those big bads is likely the villainous scientist, Dr. Ivo, played by guest star Dylan Neal. He'll appear in Oliver's island flashbacks, and in the comics, he created deadly androids.

4. Black Canary flies into town.

As fans of the comic books are well aware, Black Canary is Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy). In the TV series, however, the writers have decided to go another way: making her sister the Black Canary, instead! It's unclear if this sister is Sarah, who is presumed to have died at sea, or another one.

Regardless, Black Canary (played by Caity Lotz) is a vigilante herself who takes on the cause of wronged women — and she's got a fixation on Oliver Queen. Will the two team up like in the comics, both in crime fighting and in love?

5. Laurel and Oliver: It's complicated.

Meanwhile, despite that hot and heavy hook-up last season, the star-crossed lovers aren't together.

"She feels an enormous amount of guilt over, 'Did I pick the wrong guy?' These will all be things we're exploring in Season 2," Guggenheim noted.

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"It's a catalyst for her to do a variety of different things. It's going to drive a lot of what Laurel does in Season 2, both good and bad."

Still, Guggenheim teased that Laurel and Oliver will always love each other — so they won't be too far out of each other's orbits.

6. Felicity fans: Rejoice!

While Laurel and Oliver's relationship continues to be rocky, his friendship with Felicity deepens.

"I definitely think that Oliver is changing his idea of who Felicity is and what she is capable of, because she's proving herself over and over again," Amell said of the fan-favorite pairing.

Not only that, but Felicity's been hard at work updating the Arrow cave! So, we can expect some shiny new gadgets.

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7. Welcome to the Flash.

Aside from the new big bads, the most important new addition to Starling City will be Barry Allen, played by Grant Gustin. Comic fans know him as The Flash, though Barry won't have become that character just yet.

"He's not going to be The Flash immediately, obviously," Gustin told E! Online.

Rather, the forensic scientist arrives as "a bit of a fanboy," executive producer Andrew Kreisenberg revealed, and strikes up a friendship with Felicity.

And if viewers warm up to Barry, look for The CW to spin off his character into a separate series.

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8. It's going to feel like a new Starling City.

In Season 2, a host of new characters show up to cause havoc in town. They include Summer Glau as Isabel Rochev, who takes over Queen Consolidated and locks horns with Oliver. Michael Jai White is the Bronze Tiger, whom Guggenheim calls a "badass."

"True Blood" star Kevin Alejandro arrives as alderman Sebastian Blood, who gains power as a populist after the Glades collapse. And "The Killing" standout Bex-Taylor Klaus is playing Sin, a street urchin who knows Roy Harper (Colton Haynes).

Watch a preview of the new season:

"Arrow" Season 2 premieres Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. on The CW.